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The Greater Kestrel or White-eyed Kestrel (Falco rupicoloides) is a bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae. It is one of the largest kestrels and is found in open country in southern and eastern Africa. The bird is 29–37 cm long with a wingspan of 68–84 cm. It occurs in open, arid areas where it inhabits grassland, savannas and semi-desert. It is often associated with acacias. It prefers areas where the ground cover is lower than 50 cm. The Greater Kestrel usually hunts from an exposed perch such as a tree or rock. It also hovers like several other kestrels. It feeds mainly on invertebrates such as grasshoppers, termites, beetles and solifugids. It also takes lizards and sometimes small birds, mammals and snakes.
Greater Kestrel (Falco rupicoloides), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 320
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  • cieloverde
    cieloverdealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful captura !

  • Thanks a lot Cieloverde!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago


  • Wow, that was very quick! Many thanks for the feature Laura!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathalmost 3 years ago

    awesome capture

  • Thank you very much Gary!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • IoannisArvas
    IoannisArvasalmost 3 years ago

    Ωραίος, κι ας είναι αναμαλλιάρης !…

  • Ναι… ποζάρει!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot Kon!

  • Thanks a lot my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks a lot João!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 Images per day 2012/03/23

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    * Image per 24hrs 2012/03/24*
    Stunning Kon!

  • Thanks a lot Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    24 March 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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